Madrid Open: Andy Murray says his game is coming together on clay
Andy Murray overcame Florian Mayer for his 400th career win and then declared that he is improving on clay.
Last Updated: 09/05/13 6:57pm
After an early loss to Stanislas Wawrinka at the Monte Carlo Masters last month, the Scot had time to work with coach Ivan Lendl on the practice courts and came through an absorbing contest against German Mayer 7-6 (13/11) 7-6 (7/3).
And now the 25-year-old feels that his game is coming together at the right time as he prepares to meet Frenchman Gilles Simon in the third round.
"I thought it was good, I just didn't read his serve well," Murray told Sky Sports. "He aced me a lot of times in the first set and I didn't read the return, so that was the only thing I would like to have done better.
"I moved way better than in Monte Carlo and, when I had the opportunity to do so, I felt like I was able to dictate the points with my forehand - but he's a very difficult player to play against. He's just so unorthodox and he can play almost every single shot, so I thought I did well to come through."
Asked how his game is improving on the surface, he said: "I've had some solid results on the clay in the past. Semi-final at the French and a semis at a couple of the big Masters series.
"But it always takes me time to get used to it and I need to spend time on the practice court, so it was good to spend that time with him (Lendl)."
Murray, who beat Spaniard Santiago Ventura in his first win on the tour at Queen's Club in 2005, also admitted it was a great achievement reaching 400 career matches.
"It's nice. I hope I can play a few more in my career. There are not too many guys who've got over 500 wins. I'll try and reach that next."